„Become a fertile ground for the divine birth. Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it“

—  Johann Tauler, Context: Become a fertile ground for the divine birth. Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it frequently frequently. Quoted in "Johannes Tauler: Sermons" translated by Maria Shardy
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—  Ivan Illich austrian philosopher and theologist 1926 - 2002
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„Not deep his sorrow who in silence grieves.“

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And the boldest held his breath,
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—  Thomas Campbell British writer 1777 - 1844
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